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A CANADIAN EXPAT'S EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS LIVING IN THE WINDY CITY!

Mavericks and Hermosa

A few days ago, I wrote a preamble about an upcoming special post! Without further ado, here it is!

Love……………..Ah, to quote Frank Sinatra twice in as many weeks, “……is a many-splendored thing“.  I quite agree with ‘ol “blue eyes” Sinatra.  In fact, I am going to step outside the box; in this case, a ‘shoebox’, to be precise.

No doubt from time to time you have experienced moments of the proverbial, “light bulb” adorning your thoughts, at which point you take pause and declare, “Now THAT is something special.”  This presented itself to me last year when I discovered, “Zipz Shoes”.  It would be exceptionally selfish of me not to share my meritorious discovery with you!

The ‘soul’ of Zipz Shoes can be found in California.  John Stefani, Founder and CEO of this phenomenal company had the wherewithal to put his unsurpassed idea into reality:  let the customer build a shoe they would love.  Zipz Shoes sells various “covers” that “zip” onto the sole of the shoe.  One basic pair of shoes can become “transformer-like” by simply unzipping a cover and zipping on another!  The covers can be zipped onto any sole of the same size!

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They say necessity is the mother of invention:  Zipz is the invention of my necessity to own these stunning (and extremely comfortable) shoes!

I was instantly in love with Zipz shoes.  There are hi-tops, lo-tops, Zip-ons (slip-ons), and regular lace-up shoes.  What also caught my attention with regard to Zipz Shoes was the notion there are utterly shoes for all ages and styles to accompany one’s personal style.  Speaking of which, Zipz Shoes also offers customized Zipz that allow you to place logos, patterns, and pictures of your choosing onto the covers!

Here is the Zipz Shoes primary website; however, you can find Zipz Shoes at all kinds of locations (google is a wonderful tool):

http://zipzshoes.com/

I thought it would be amusing and informative to show you around Chicago in a “Zipzy” fashion and perspective!  We’ll let our Zipz do the “talking”, and we’ll do the walking!  The black Zipz are called, “Maverick Blackout”, and the pink Zipz are known as, “Hermosa Punk Pink”.  Alright then, let’s Zipz to it!

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Allow me to introduce myself!  I’m Hermosa, and it is a good thing I have ‘teeth’; it will be much easier for me to chat about Chicago!  Speaking of which, here is a lovely view of some of the high-rise buildings along Lake Shore Drive.  Note the harbor and Navy Pier in the distance.

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I adore beautiful Lake Michigan with Chicago’s glorious skyline as its backdrop.

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Ah, relaxing in front of Lake Michigan; the sun is shining, not a cloud in sight, and………? What’s that large, dark, “Legoesque” building protruding out of its spot in the skyline district? Why, that is the, “Willis Tower”, formerly known as the, “Sears Tower”.  You say you would like to see it up close?  Certainly, let’s go! Oh, you don’t have your Zipz shoes on at the moment?  We shall do the Zipzing for you!

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Hello, Maverick here!  I’m so glad you could join me in the Skydeck of the Willis Tower!  A mere 1,353 feet (or 412 meters) high in a glass balcony is where I find myself at the moment.

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I can assure you this is no Photoshop phenomenon!  As a Maverick, I’m a nonconformist who has the appearance of defying gravity!

Hermosa is waiting to capture your attention with something a bit more grounded, so I’ll show you a Zipz-eye view of Lake Michigan, and then we’ll leave the looking-glass lounge for now!

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While touring Chicago, perhaps it would strike your fancy to enjoy the sites from a two-wheeled perspective!

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“DIVVY” rental bicycles are a formidable way to scan the city in a convenient, environmentally friendly fashion!  For me, why, I Zipz around in such a way I create my own path!

Oh, I see Maverick is signalling me; Maverick, what on earth!!!

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I’m making some very interesting observations over here, folks! Is it just me, or is there a strong correlation between the shape of this dinosaur sculpture’s ‘foot’, and me?  Hhhhmm, perhaps a precursor to the Zipz shoes of today!  I do wonder if the dinosaurs circa 15 million years ago would find themselves still roaming the Plains had they sported Zipz shoes! It would make for a much quicker getaway from their adversaries!

I give this next place most definitely a, “Zipz Up”!

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The Field Museum is a natural history museum that is undoubtedly host to a myriad of mammoth wonders of our world!

Speaking of culture (we were, weren’t we?) let’s Zipz over to the Chicago Cultural Center to check on an impressive room seen from a Zipz shoes perspective!

Look, Hermosa, do you see your Zodiac Sign in the stained glass?  I’m pointing at it!

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I do, Maverick! Now I just found yours!

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Preston Bradley Hall is sure to delight visitors with its Tiffany Stained Glass Dome.  Such a remarkable piece of art!

There is always a considerable amount of reflection happening over at, “The Bean”, located in Millennium Park:

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I had to get in on the action:

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The more Zipz the merrier, I say!

I think Maverick is ahead of ‘the game’, and seems to have Zipzed over to Wrigley Field!

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Wrigley Field; home of the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team.  Say, who’s that over there?

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You will have to excuse me.  I feel you were referring to the statue of the legendary Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks, also known as, “Mr. Cub”.  He spent his entire Major League Baseball career (19 seasons in all as a shortstop and first baseman) with the Chicago Cubs (from 1953 through 1971).  To be quite frank, I was referring to another Zipz friend of ours, “Cali”!  She’s a classic “Lo-top”, but has been known occasionally to change her appearance, if you catch my drift! We’ll let you hang out with the baseball legends, Cali!

Speaking of legends, I wonder if you know what legendary gangster use to call this next stop a favorite hangout in the 1920’s during the Prohibition era:

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Al Capone, notably the most famous gangster of all-time, spent many a late night in this establishment.  The tunnels used by Capone and his gang (for reasons we will not go into at this time!) located underneath The Green Mill are still in existence.  The booth where Capone use to sit is invariably standing the test of time.  It remains close to the bar, but no doubt unwilling to give up any of its mobster moments from its torrid past.

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Alas, I knocked at this infamous door; consequently, all I saw was my own reflection attempting to infringe on the lurid past of Capone’s lore.

Chicago…………..A city that’s second to none.  Wait, did I say, “second”?  Why, what on earth would a trip to the, “Second City” be without a Zipz visit to the famous, “The Second City Comedy Club”!

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I hear you knocking but you can’t come in (there was a rehearsal happening at the time).  The Second City Comedy Club is an iconic institution unto itself.  Many prodigious, talented comedians have appeared behind this green door.  Joan Rivers, Tina Fey, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Shelley Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Carell, literally just to name some of the remarkable talent to grace the stage in this building.  Truly the energy here is magical.

Whew! What a Zipz whirlwind tour we’ve had! For Maverick, I’m Hermosa thanking you for joining us as we say goodnight from one of the Zipziest towns we’ve ever been to:  Goodnight from CHItown!

 

 

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50 thoughts on “Chicago Trips With Zipz!!

  1. andy1076 says:

    I ❤ the views from above! *high five* !

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I KNEW you were going to say that!!! ;-P

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      1. andy1076 says:

        eh I love sights 😛

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        *LOL* Do you think you could zipz around in these shoes? 🙂

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      3. andy1076 says:

        Got view? will wear lol 😀

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  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    I got a little dizzy looking out there but I love the photos! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh I hear you, Jackie!! 🙂 Thank you so much! It was great “zipzing” around Chicago, despite the fact the temperature was about 90F! Cher xo

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  3. seeker says:

    That’s a lot of walking with your new shoes. I saw some of those pictures from sister that visited your windy city. One day, I take that elevator ride at Sears tower.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      It sure was, dear seeker! But Zipz are so comfy that had we been wearing other shoes, I think it would have bothered us. I LOVE these shoes! Oh yes, please come and visit the Windy City! 102 floors up! Will you go in the Skydeck? 🙂

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  4. I loved this article. It reminds me of the episode of Reba, where Barbara Jean took pictures of her vacation from the perspective of her feet.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Susanne! I didn’t see that episode, but now I’m going to look for it online! Cher xo

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  5. Don says:

    What a post, Cher! You are one helluva marketer. 🙂 I hope John Stefani sees this. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Thank you dear Don! Truly, I LOVE these shoes. I have several pairs and they are such great fun to wear! For me, I do not seem to come across many things that I absolutely love (in the material sense, that is). But just like my Tim Hortons coffee *grin*, I knew these shoes were special from the moment I put them on!

      I hope you enjoyed the little tour of Chicago! It was such great fun! Thank you, Don! Cher xo

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  6. Jane Sadek says:

    Loved this. Spent a great week sightseeing in Chi-town and you took me back to many of my favorite spots. Cool shoes, too.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, thank you so much, Jane! I really appreciate your comments! It was interesting for us to play tourists! *LOL* Did you go up to the Willis Tower? Cher xo

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  7. D. Parker says:

    I like the idea of Zipz shoes, it’s amazing what people are thinking up. And like the images. Thank you for going outside your comfort zone to share this with us Cher. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Donna! How about the fact that your comments made my day! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Cher xo

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  8. Those shoes were made for blogging.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Bruce!! That is brilliant! *LOL* Thank you for your clever quip! Cher xo

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      1. Nice blog post, Cher. I sent it out to FB.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Awh, thank you hugely, Bruce! That is extremely kind of you! Cher xo

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  9. ahhh….I am from Chicago and this just made me want to go back there!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Kimberly! Well I certainly can see why! To me, this city has such a wonderful energy. The skyline from the Adler Planetarium is one of my favorite places in the entire city!! And deep dish pizza!!! Cher xo

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      1. Yes!! Chicago has its own unique-ness that I so miss.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        I can completely understand! Will you ever move back, do you think, Kimberly?

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  10. lorriebowden says:

    Oh Cher how I love this post!!! So great…and what a neat awesome idea for shoes!!! Just love your spirit…it shines 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, dear Lorrie! You always say the most thoughtful things and I am extremely grateful! Thank you!!! And right back at you!! Cher xo

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  11. Clever post and cool shoes! And meritorious. A useful word!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Thank you on all accounts, my dear! I do like that word!!! Cher xo

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  12. Joanne says:

    Ha ha, LOVE the images and love the shoes (have already signed up – how SAD is that – hope you’re on commission!) – thank you for sharing your city! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, dear Joanne! Do you mean you’ve bought some shoes? *LOL* For those that know me outside of the blogging-world, they know I absolutely love to tell others about things I find that I am passionate about, that I love, or something I simply have to share with others! These shoes are one of my fav things, and so is Chicago! Putting them both together in one post was sheer fun for me!! Thank YOU, my dear! cher xo

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      1. Joanne says:

        I’m still deciding on which, or just how many, shoes I’ll buy, lol! 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        That’s so cool! Yes, and I just spotted a new collection so I’m going to be doing some shopping too (my fav color is purple and I see they have just the color I love!) *LOL* Cher xo

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      3. seaangel4444 says:

        *biggest grin*

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  13. What a great idea and love the photos! I still need to take a trip to Chicago.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, and YES, you do need to take a trip to The Windy City (p.s. please bring Timmies)!!

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  14. Kate Loveton says:

    Cool shoes and great photos – what more could you want? Maybe Sinatra singing, ‘My Kinda Town, Chicago is…” 😀

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Kate! Thank you so much! I agree completely! I hum Sinatra tunes whenever I am walking down, “State Street that great street” (which I do quite often!) *grin* Oh and my shoes!! I love them!! *LOL* Thanks for stopping by, Kate!! cher xo

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  15. Amy S says:

    Awesome views of my favourite city- and I want some Zips now!! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Amy!!! Well you have to come back and visit and “yeay” about the Zipz! Aren’t they cool? Cher xo

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  16. Brilliant.. Loved the Photo’s… Enjoy your Zipz…. 🙂 as you Zap around..

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, dear Sue! We love our Zipz! It was great fun to take a Chicago tour with our favorite shoes!!! Cher xo

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    2. seaangel4444 says:

      Yes, I think it does, too, Sue! Quite frankly, I was a bit surprised when I saw the shape of the remote control! It certainly didn’t look like any remote control I’ve ever seen! *LOL* Awh, bless; thank you so much for that, Sue! I really appreciate it! And thank you for stopping by! It is always a brighter day when I see your comments!!! Hugs, Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, thank you so much! You just made my day! Cher xo

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  17. Chicago truly is one of the world greatest cities. There is no doubt about it. Thanks for this great post!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so kindly, Christoph! I absolutely love Chicago, and this post allowed me to show it in a different way! Cher xo

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